Rimes at ACM Awards in April/Getty ImagesIt's inevitable--fans at LeAnn Rimes's first concert since checking herself into treatment August 29 had to be wondering how their favorite singer was coping. Rimes took care of that matter right away, assuring the crowd at Eau Claire, Wisconsin on Friday that she's doing just fine.
According to People, Rimes called her recent news "the elephant in the room," then told fans "I'm totally cool and so happy; I think I'm about to cry."
She then performed for more than an hour in fine form, even previewing some new material from her upcoming album Spitfire, which is slated for release next year.
People described the music as being edgy at times. "I'm pissed off at a lot of things, and I just can't say it," Rimes told the audience "So, it comes out in the music."
Rimes also debuted a song called "Borrowed," which she said was the most honest song she has ever written. It included the emotional lyrics "I don't want to give you back. You're the best I've ever had."
The singer wrapped up the set with a cover of Leonard Cohen's classic, "Hallelujah."
Rimes thanked her "awesome" and "wonderful" fans numerous times for their patience and understanding--at the show, on Twitter prior to and after the concert, and on a blog post on her official site which she composed on the way to Wisconsin. In her post, she related "I can't wait to play, I'm so ready. I've got a zillion fashion mags, my journal, ipod, water and a butterfinger...Seems I've developed a sweet tooth after turning 30. If that's all that comes with 30, I think I'm settling in pretty well. So far, the new decade is treating me great!"
Last week, Rimes made headlines just after her 30th birthday by checking herself into inpatient treatment to handle anxiety and stress. She will be touring through the rest of the year; you can keep up with her schedule here.